October 22, 2015

The Benghazi Hearing: What Did We Learn?

With the dust settling after today’s Benghazi Committee hearing, what did we learn from Hillary Clinton’s testimony today?

Hillary Clinton’s failed leadership took center stage today. More than 600 requests for increased security in Libya never made it Secretary Clinton’s desk, and yet emails from Sidney Blumenthal were promptly read, responded to, and in some cases disseminated.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Stevens did not have Clinton’s email.

Also brought up was a 2011 memo in which Clinton aide Jake Sullivan said Libya was a central part of Clinton’s legacy:

“Secretary Clinton’s leadership on Libya HRC has been a critical voice on Libya in administration deliberations, at NATO, and in contact group meetings — as well as the public face of the U.S. effort in Libya,” the Sullivan memo says.

That was before the attacks and as the security in Libya was rapidly deteriorating. As, Jonathan Allen points out, that memo does not hold up to scrutiny, given the attacks in Benghazi and the current state of that nation:

But perhaps what was clearest was that the Democrats on the committee, across the board, were far more focused on politics and cozying up to Clinton than they were on getting answers about what happened in Benghazi:

Elijah Cummings (D-MD):

Adam Smith (D-WA):

Loretta Sanchez (D-CA):

Tammy Duckworth (D-IL):

Adam Schiff (D-CA):